“You Know That Poor, Crime Ridden Cities Are Run by Democrats, Right?”

Chris Armstrong
4 min readMar 7, 2023

“The poorest and most crime ridden cities are led by Democrats, most of whom are also Black. What does that tell you?”

Before we answer that question, let’s go over some facts.

  • The highest crime rates are in cities like St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, Memphis, Chicago, and Little Rock.
  • The mayors of these cities are Democrat and a higher percentage of them are Black than white.
  • Higher poverty leads to higher crime rates.
  • Black people are poorer than white people.
  • The current mayors of these cities did not make Black people poorer than white people — legalized slavery, segregation, discrimination, and the resulting, unaddressed systemic racism did.
  • The current mayor of these cities did not create and cannot (alone) resolve systemic racism.
  • Since they neither created nor can (alone) resolve systemic racism, the current mayor of these cities cannot be expected to resolve the poverty and crime issues — not without root-focused help.

Now, let’s revisit the comment and question and answer it through the lens of the current situations in Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Chris Armstrong

A culture and diversity-to-belonging facilitator and assessor, focused on changing hearts and minds so that we can change the culture.